ACT (American College Test):

All four-year colleges and universities in the U.S. accept the ACT, but different institutions place different emphases on standardized tests such as the ACT, compared to other factors of evaluation such as class rank, G.P.A., and extracurricular activities. The ACT is more widely used in the Midwestern and Southern United States, while the SAT is more popular on the East-and West-coasts, although recently the ACT has been gaining more use on the East Coast.

Test Dates:

The ACT is offered four to six times a year, depending on the country.

ACT Registration Fee:

American College Testing Program, Inc., but changed its name to ACT Inc., the letters not standing for anything, in 1996. Some students who perform poorly on the SAT find that they perform better on the ACT and vice versa. The ACT test has historically consisted of 4 tests: English, Math, Reading, and Science reasoning.

Candidates may choose either the ACT assessment ($31 + $25= $56), or the ACT assessment plus writing ($46+$25=$71).

TEST FORMAT Mode:


NUMBER OF QUESTIONS
TIME (MINUTES) AVERAGE SCORE COLLEGE READINESS BENCHMARK CONTENT
ENGLISH 75 45 20.6 18 usage/mechanics and theoritical skills
MATHEMATICS 60 60 20.8 22 pre-algebra, elementary algebra, intermediate algebra, coordinate geometry, geometry, and elementary trigonometry
READING 40 35 21.4 21 reading comprehension
SCIENCE 40 35 20.9 24 interpretation, analysis, evaluation, reasoning, and problem-solving